The increasing interconnectivity of the world's economies creates a need for businesses and individuals to be able to move workers from one country to another. Luckily, there are a number of options available to accomplish just this purposes. Below is a partial list of some of alternatives available.
E-1 - Treaty Trader
The E-1 nonimmigrant visa allows a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States to engage in international trade on his or her own behalf. Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification.
EB-1-3 Multinational Manager or Executive Visa
The EB-1-3 nonimmigrant visa is available to individuals who have been employed outside the United States in the 3 years preceding the petition for at least 1 year by a firm or corporation and are seeking to enter the United States to continue service to that firm or organization. The employment must have been outside the United States in a managerial or executive capacity and with the same employer, an affiliate, or a subsidiary of the employer.
H-1B - Specialty Occupation
A U.S. employer can file an H-1B petition on behalf of a foreign employee provided that the job requires at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in a particular field. An H-1B employer also must attest to paying the same salary and benefits packages normally offered U.S. workers in similar positions and adhere to certain public notice and record keeping requirements. H-1B status is valid for up to three years at which time an extension for an additional three years may be requested.
L-1 - Intracompany Transferee
The L-1A nonimmigrant visa enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. This classification also enables a foreign company which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States with the purpose of establishing one. L-1 visa holders may apply for L-2 visa’s for their spouses and children to follow them.
To learn more about L-1 visas read our blog post entitled "An Overview of the L-1 Visa Classification"
TN Visa for NAFTA Professionals
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain either a nonimmigrant visa (for a temporary stay) or an immigrant visa (for permanent residence). However, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S. or foreign employers.
Canadians and Mexicans may be eligible to work in the United States as NAFTA professionals under the following conditions:
1) Applicant is a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
2) Profession is on the NAFTA list;
3) Position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional;
4) Applicant will work in a prearranged full-time or part-time job for an employer;
5) Applicant has the qualifications, meeting the specific requirements, education, and/or experience, of the profession.
With some exceptions, each profession requires a baccalaureate degree as an entry-level requirement.
To learn more about business visas read our blog post entitled "EB-1 and EB-2 Classifications That Don't Require Labor Certification"